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T20 World Cup, India vs Pakistan: Virat Kohli Explains Why He Backs Hardik Pandya As Finisher

Virat Kohli made it clear that Hardik Pandya is going to play a very important role as a finisher in the T20 WorldCup.

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T20 World Cup, India vs Pakistan:

Virat Kohli made it clear that Hardik Pandya is going to play a very important role as a finisher. India is going to take on the most notorious antagonist Pakistan in a crunch T20 World Cup encounter in Dubai. Many questions are coming out over what kind of team combination Virat Kohli will be corresponding for the match. 

After nit-pick scrutiny for the team selection, Captain Virat Kohli has declared that Hardik Pandya will represent the Indian cricket team as a finisher in the most awaited match of IND vs PAK.

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Hardik pandya is selected in the team for the most awaited T20 Worldcup: IND-PAK

After nit-pick scrutiny for the team selection, the team has selected Hardik Pandya in the squad. Though the all-rounder has not bowled for a while, a day before the team's opening match in the tournament, Kohli declared that Pandya is very much part of the scheme of things as a finisher.

"What he brings at that No. 6 spot is something that you just can't create overnight, and hence I was always in favour of backing him in Australia as a backer purely, and we saw what he did in the T20 series and how he can take the game away from the opposition when he's in full flow," Kohli said.

Responding to a question, related to Hardik's performance Kohli claimed that the All-rounder,s health is recovering. He will be able to contribute a couple of overs soon.

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Kohli is hopeful with Pandya

"What he brings at that No. 6 spot is something that you just can't create overnight, and hence I was always in favour of backing him in Australia as a backer purely, and we saw what he did in the T20 series and how he can take the game away from the opposition when he's in full flow," Kohli said.

Kohli along with the team is hopeful and looking forward to Pandya's performance. but they've enough backup before Hardik starts bowling.

"Honestly I feel that Hardik presently with his physical condition is getting better in terms of being prepared to bowl at least two overs for us at a certain stage in this tournament, and we believe, we strongly think that we can make the most of the opportunity that we have at hand until the time he starts bowling. We have considered a couple of other options to chip in for an over or two. So we are not bothered about that at all," he added.

In the earlier matches, Pandya had a great performance as a finisher. The management team understands the value that he brings to the team with his big-hitting ability, Kohli added.

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